PSU news by
Penn State's student blog

Topics

About

Café Laura Undergoing $1.2 Million Renovations

This story originally ran on StateCollege.com.

Café Laura, the student-run restaurant at Penn State, is getting a facelift that comes with a $1.2 million price tag.

The grand opening for the new-and-improved eatery, which has been in the works since renovations began April 25, is set for Sept. 8.

The on-campus restaurant, located in the Mateer Building, trains Penn State Hospitality Management students for future careers in the restaurant industry, with students planning, marketing and preparing meals as well as serving customers.

“There’s nothing quite like it in the State College area,” says John O’Neil, director of the School of Hospitality Management. “Patrons can be a part of the education of our students training to be future hospitality industry leaders. I can promise our guests that they’ll have a memorable experience.

Some of the changes are designed to give the restaurant a fresh look, such as new carpets and chairs, while others are to enhance the educational mission of Café Laura.

O’Neil says the 20-year-old facility was gutted down to its frame. The walls, floors, ceiling, fixtures, equipment, window treatments and sound system are brand new.

“We have two goals for the design,” says Scott King, manager of Café Laura. “We want to increase the value of the education the students receive, as well as provide the University with a successful venue for lunch and dinner.”

The new Café Laura will include a “front of the house” cooking area, where lunch menus will boast street-food-inspired items and dinner customers can watch as meals are prepared. The construction plans include a new grill and deli, pizza and salad stations and an upgraded Pepsi service area.

Thanks to a donation from MICROS Systems, Inc., there will also be new wall-mounted computers, state-of-the-art registers with wireless technology and three portable tablets. Customers will have access to free, high-speed Internet.

O’Neil says they’re adding a new Starbucks Espresso Bar, chopped salad station and grab & go area. There will also be a new action station, so diners can watch students training in Café Laura.

“I think these changes will make Café Laura truly different from other areas on campus,” King says. “This is a lunch place where you can socialize, while for dinner we offer great meals at a low price.”

About the Author

Jessica Tully

Jessica Tully is a first-year law student at Penn State's Dickinson School of Law. She graduated in May 2014 with degrees in journalism and political science.

Comments

More by Jessica

Phyrst and Cafe 210 West Closed Early on State Patty’s Day

At least two locals bars have closed their doors to the public early due to rowdy State Patty’s Day patrons. The Phyrst and Cafe 210 West closed at about 7 p.m. Saturday.

55 Days Of Cafe: To Drink Or Not To Drink?

Sign Your Favorite Memories At The THON Museum

Athletics

Shea Moyer Lifts Penn State Women’s Soccer Past West Virginia 1-0

Sophomore midfielder Shea Moyer scored the game-winning goal in the 80th minute of a rainy season opener at Jeffrey Field.

Penn State Women’s Soccer Poised For Strong 2018 Season

Incoming Penn State Track & Field Athlete Kristian Marche Shot To Death In Philadelphia

Former Women’s Gymnastics Coach Files Lawsuit Against Penn State Over Handling Of Abuse Allegations

Men’s Soccer Trio, Reading United Win PDL Eastern Conference Title, Fall Short Of National Championship

Student Life

Student Body President Cody Heaton Welcomes Class of 2022 At Convocation

UPUA President Cody Heaton welcomed the incoming Class of 2022 Saturday evening with an inspiring speech.

Start The Semester Off Right With These Welcome Week Activities

Nike Releases New Penn State Sneakers

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

Join Onward State: Fall 2018 Application

Onward State is hiring for the fall semester and we’d love to have you join us.

Penn State Officially Welcomes Class Of 2022 At Convocation

The Class of 2022 joined the Penn State family Saturday evening at Convocation.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Assessing Penn State’s Front Seven Following Tuesday’s Medical Retirements

Penn State’s defensive line rotation will be shaken up following Ryan Buchholz’s medical retirement from football, while the coaching staff is letting the linebackers duel it out during camp.

Send this to a friend